January 02, 2000
Dear Ms. Nyberg:
RE: Religious Accommodation in the Public Schools.
The recent unabashed adoption by the TDSB of a policy of sexual orientation in defending and promoting homosexual behaviour in the public schools as normal is of grave concern to us as parents with children in the system and has dire consequences for many within society.
We affirm that homosexual lifestyle is contradictory to our religious beliefs, values and practices, poses grave danger to our communities and puts our children at risk.
In accordance with the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we as concerned parents therefore call in the strongest terms upon the school and the higher authorities to adopt and implement a comprehensive faith policy in which religious accommodation would be given an equal priority system-wide in the GTA.
Furthermore, in the presentation of any material, curricular and extra-curricular items or social activities which stand in direct contradiction to our faith, we insist that the school has an obligation to first inform us about such issues in clear and unambiguous terms, obtain parental consent for student participation if any, and provide acceptable educational alternatives to our children.
We hold TDSB responsible for the safety and well-being of our children and look forward to your urgent attention to our concerns.
Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.
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